Be prepared for eye candy like none before: Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

I spent my morning at Antiquorum and Philipps auction (which will be the return of Aurel Bacs to the auction world) and WOW WOW WOW, the VC's which shall be auctioned by both auction houses in Geneva this Sunday May 10th are just amazing with Philipps auctioning two VC's never seen before...

Here is a selection of my favorites:

Antiquorum

 

Lot 88: A large and superb Deck Chronometer with power reserve in steel circa 1940. Estimate CHF 6,500 - 8,500 (USD 6,800 - 8,900)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 90: Indirect central seconds made circa 1920 for the american market (14k gold case) with a lovely champagne colored guilloche dial Estimate CHF 2,500 - 4,500 (USD 2,600 - 4,700)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 91 Circa 1915 with a lovely champagne colored guilloche dial Estimate CHF 2,000 - 4,000 (USD 2,100 - 4,200)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 92 ref 4072 in rose gold, absolutely amazing looking with a silly estimate of CHF 12,000 - 18,000 (USD 12,500 - 19,000)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 93: Ref 4073 in stainless steel from 1955  Estimate CHF 4,000 - 6,000 (USD 4,200 - 6,300)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 94 Ref 6378, yellow gold automatic with date from the 1960s Estimate CHF 6,000 - 8,000 (USD 6,300 - 8,300)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 484:  Ref 4737 "cioccolatone" in yellow gold from 1955 with a yellow gold Gay Freres bracelet Estimate CHF 35,000 - 55,000 (USD 36,000 - 57,000)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 485 Ref 4072 in yellow gold from 1952 and the proof that VC makes some of the most amazing vintage chronographs!  Estimate CHF 23,000 - 33,000  (USD 24,000 - 34,000)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 486, Antiquorum incorrectly calls it a small "Ciaccolatone" whic it definitely is not but the rose gold case and dial are just fantastic! circa 1950s. Estimate CHF 13,000 - 18,000  (USD 13,500 - 19,500) 

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 495 Ref 30030 is as iconic as it gets! am extra slim sleketon minute repeater in rose gold from 2008, what is there not to love? Estimate CHF 150,000 - 200,000 (USD 155,000 - 207,000)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 496 Another beauty also housing the extra flat minute repeating Cal 1755 but this time with a perpetual calendar as well and in platinum, from 2005 Estimate CHF 180,000 - 240,000 (USD 187,000 - 245,000)

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Philipps

This is where it gets really serious guys! the watches Philipps is offering look as if they just left the workshops and had I not tied up my funds there would be quite a few lots I would be bidding on!

 

Lot 87  a lovely ref 4465 in white gold with a rare bumber wind automatic cal 477/1. circa 1953 Estimate CHF4,000 - 6,000  

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 89 Ref 6782 "Turnograph", this is as rare as it gets as only two were made in white gold from 1964 and a conservative Estimate of CHF 20,000-30,000

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 90 Ref 6690 Chronometre Royal aka Batman in a stunning case with a basket weave pattern and matching bracelet in WG from 1966. Estimate CHF15,000 - 25,000  

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 91: Ref 4178 circa 1947. a 4178 in steel is already a rare beast but with salmon dial I have never seen!! This watch is not just rare but the condition is amazing, it belongs in the collection of a Lounger, I really don't want to see it go to someone I don't even know..even virtually!!!!!  This for me the the star of all the Genev auctions. Period!! Estimate CHF30,000 - 50,000  

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 200  Ref 6038 from 1947 with a lovely 35mm yellow gold case (which wears larger) and a superb dial Estimate CHF6,000 - 8,000 

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

Lot 201 Ref 4240L from 1948 a lovely example with a rare pink dial Estimate CHF15,000 - 20,000

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

 

Lot 203: Ref 4178 in rose gold with a rose gold dial from 1942 and looking lite it was made yesterday! Estimate CHF50,000 - 100,000

 Antiquorum and Philipps auctions Geneva in May

 

 

By two VC's never seen before, are you referring to Cabinotier pieces
05/06/2015 - 17:51

never before seen but being auctioned now?

There are no cabinotier pieces in thses auctions, I was referring to the
05/07/2015 - 10:58

WG ref 6782 and steel 4178

Oh, boy!
05/06/2015 - 18:52

Lovely, lovely, lovely cheeky.  Maybe the influence of fellow VC afficionado Paul Boutros in the Phillips collection as well?  Favorites would be the WG T-Bird, steel 4178, and the 6690 Batman.  Speaking of the Batman, I see the same bracelet on this ref. 6950:

Oh, boy!

The bumper-winder #87 might indeed be rare, but that would be more for the early WG case than the movement wink.

Antiquorum's #486 "small cioccolatone" is also a bumper-winder.  I think the correct reference is 4657.  I'd challenge the description of lot #35 as a "Chronometer" from 1913, as there is no record of this piece achieving an Observatory rating and with 15 jewels its highly unlikely.  A movement photo would be informative however one is not offered.

Some other VC items on offer by Antiquorum that may interest THL'ers are three semi-precious stone bird sculptures that were commissioned from Erwin Klein in the 1980's.

Oh, boy!

For the ladies (or any lover of beautiful things for that matter), this ca1850 heart-shaped and decorated pendant watch should be very appealing.

Oh, boy!

Some wonderful and exceptional pieces, I hope we see them posted here following the auction.

Re: Oh, boy!
05/07/2015 - 01:13

Works of art all!

Dave

Not VC, but V a Geneve
05/13/2015 - 23:51

Dean,

we've checked pocket watch by Ant preview (even wanted to have it), but it was Vacheron a Geneve - they told this is a mistake in Antiquorum Catalogue ...

Thanks again!
05/14/2015 - 00:18

See my reply above smiley.  Hope the buyer was made aware.  Goes with that other mistake, "little ciocolatone".  

Wow... just wow.
05/06/2015 - 20:07

So may great pieces.  I personally, in addition to the Batman, particularly love the 1955 4073 in stainless.  Wow.  Of course some the complications are also incredible, but that 4073, the 6378, and even the 4072 all look like they could have been manufactured by VC this year.  So beautiful.

If you don't hear from me in the following weeks, I may be in prison for robbing a bank.

Clearly, it's a very busy weekend in Geneva!...
05/08/2015 - 14:22

I've a feeling that we'll see 'one or two' pieces on THL in the fulness of time  heart...

Two excellent auctions that deserve a close eye!

Good luck to those of you that might consider a bid or two.

Have a good weekend!

Regards

Tony

Agree this coming weeks are the busiest days for collectors to find treasures. Thanks for
05/09/2015 - 17:16

thanks for sharing the photo Alex. Steel 4178 and its condition is amazing.

Results
05/13/2015 - 16:55

Antiquorum first; lot 88 deck watch didn't meet reserve

lot 90. 3,125 CHF (all incl. 25% buyer's premium)

91. 4,000 CHF

92 (ref 4072), 15000 CHF

93, not sold

94. 8,125 CHF

95, not sold

484 (ciocolatone), not sold

485 (4072), not sold

486. 16,250 CHF (Wow, I hope the "small ciocolatone" description didn't mislead anyone)

495 (skeleton minute repeater) 303,750 CHF...!!!

496 (perpetual calendar minute repeater) not sold

 

Phillips also had some tasty V&C treats on offer.

lot 87 (WG bumper) 6,250 CHF...nicely bought

89 (WG T-Bird) 43,750 CHF...one of two!

90 (WG CR on bracelet) 27,500 CHF

91 (steel 4178) 252,200 CHF...nicely sold

200. 10,000 CHF

201. 26,250 CHF

203 (gold 4178) 102,500 CHF...like new condition

Re: Results
05/14/2015 - 07:30

I took a quick look at the results yesterday and got the feeling that the VCs at Philipps did better than at Antiquorum.

Don't know if this is because the quality of the pieces were different, or if there were other factors?

Auction prices inflate values
05/14/2015 - 16:29

It is sobering to realize the seller only receives 60% of the sale price.

True
05/14/2015 - 17:22

What the seller really receives is a smaller percentage of the sale prices listed. 

But I would expect that most people buying from auctions recognize and factor in the 25% buyer's premium into their bids, so they know and recognize what they will be paying and if consistent enough, set market prices for the secondary market.

Maybe a sophisticated buyer and seller can negotiate, so they both win out by cutting out the auction house/middle man...but that requires enought market liquidity in order for the buyer and seller to find each other.  This is why the auction houses claim they deserve their cuts on both ends, they "create" the market environment.

Antiquorum needs to get their act together IMHO
05/15/2015 - 19:18

How an auction house treats the standard mundane pieces tells more about them than the hoopla surrounding their big ticket items.  Lot 486 is but one example; the same ref. 4518 can be found online right now for a fraction of the price, of course without the eroneous "small ciocolatone" provenance.  Trust is a very fickle commodity that shouldn't be assumed because of one's tenure in the marketplace.